Do you love a little sweet treat as an afternoon pick me up or after dinner? Let’s face it, chocolate tastes wonderful no matter what time of day it is.
These little bites only have 6 ingredients and are packed with protein. The best part is that they are naturally sweetened with vitamin-packed dates. That in combination with the almonds, cashews, and collagen peptides, make them a very nutritious snack or dessert. The texture of these bites is very similar to that of a Larabar or RxBar. I love the fact that they are bite size for a quick treat!
In case you are wondering what collagen peptides are, they are a protein source that can help improve the elasticity of your skin, strengthen hair and nails, and aid in improving gut lining. As you get older, your body produces less and less collagen. I personally like the extra protein I get from it and add a scoop to my morning tea or coffee. The only thing I have noticed from taking it, besides the extra protein, is that my nails and hair seem to grow faster. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, feel free to swap out the collagen peptides with another protein powder of your choice. I personally haven’t tried them with any other protein powder, but hemp seeds do make a great addition!
If you have a food processor, I would recommend using that. I don’t have a food processor so I used my Vitamix. It worked fine, but probably took a little longer this way. I made sure the nuts were on the bottom and pulsed the blender on high speed using the tamper so the blender wouldn’t overheat.
I plan on experimenting with this recipe in the future by changing the nuts and maybe even adding a little espresso for a mocha flavor! Are there any flavor combinations you would be interested in? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Chocolate Sea Salt Protein Bites
– 1 cup pitted Medjool dates (~10 dates)*
– 1 cup raw cashews
– 1 cup raw almonds
– 1/4 to 1/2 t sea salt, depending on taste
– 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
– 1 scoop collagen peptides, buy here or here
- Place all ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor. If using a high speed blender make sure nuts are the first item in the blender.
- Blend or process until a dough forms. *If using a blender be sure to blend on high with a tamper.
- Place dough in bowl and squish together.
- Roll into ping pong size balls.
- Sprinkle extra sea salt on top, if desired.
- Store in a sealed container in refrigerator up to one week.
*If your dates are hard, you can cover the fruit with hot water. Let them sit for 10 minutes and then drain well.